- full of distress; anxious, suffering, troubled, etc.
- given the appearance of being antique, as by having the finish marred: a distressed walnut table
- given the appearance of wear, as by being faded or torn: a sale on distressed jeans
- designating or of an area in which there is widespread unemployment, poverty, etc.
- designating or of goods, esp. repossessed goods, sold at low prices or at a loss
- An example of a distressed person is someone who has just lost a close friend.
- An example of a distressed area is a section of storefronts which have gone untended due to store closures and unemployment.
- An example of something distressed is a pair of jeans that have been faded and holes have been added for style purposes.
The definition of distressed is damaged, suffering pain or sold below value, or made to look old on purpose.
- Suffering distress: the distressed parents of wayward youths.
- a. Economically blighted; impoverished: distressed communities.b. At risk of being foreclosed on: distressed real estate.c. For sale at a low price, as from being damaged, especially at a price below market value: distressed merchandise.
- Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look: distressed furniture; distressed denim.
(comparative more distressed, superlative most distressed)
- simple past tense and past participle of distress
- I am just a bit distressed, Father.
- I'm so distressed at her leaving, I don't even want to think about it.
- That news certainly distressed him.
- He rose, distressed by the familiar despair.
- Both Mr. Keith and I were distressed and full of forebodings for the morrow; but we went over to the college a little before the examination began, and had Mr. Vining explain more fully the American symbols.